NEW! 5/20/2013 11:23:49 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
The recruitment of FILTH  How good are Hong Kong’s current judges? Much better than before 1997 according to Anthony Lester, the English commercial barrister who found a new interest in human rights and later turned into a Liberal Democrat...
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4/10/2013 11:21:52 PM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Lawyers are always interested in getting more work and better work from their existing clients. If you ask a lawyer what his or her client really wants, the lawyer is likely to say “good legal work.” If you ask the client, you’ll get a far...
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4/23/2013 4:36:41 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Flattered to be invited Ask pretty well any representative cross-section of 1st-year law students why they chose to study the subject and you are bound to get high-flown words along the lines of wanting to do justice and improve society. By the time they...
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3/7/2013 3:33:47 AM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
A law firm that wants to position and maintain its brand in the marketplace has two options. It can pay a considerable amount to get its name before the public via advertising and sponsorships. Alternatively (and often additionally) it can “earn”...
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3/22/2013 12:09:27 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Still in India   In Jaipur all the modern hotels seem to have been built as forts, copying the style of the maharajas’ palaces that are the main attraction of this dusty ancient Mughal city. They are fortified not just in architectural terms....
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3/5/2013 2:12:44 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A touch of India Thirty-five years ago the long flight from London to Hong Kong, denied the use of Russian airspace, stopped at several places en route: once in Europe (Rome, usually), once in the Middle East (Bahrain or Dubai), once in the sub-continent...
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1/31/2013 2:02:51 AM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
If your law firm is not showing up on the first page of search results, you are nowhere. Very few online searchers ever go beyond the first page of results. In the eyes of Internet users (everyone), if you do not appear on this first page, you are not credible....
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2/5/2013 10:30:14 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Actually, people with guns kill people Whenever there is one of those atrocious gun massacres in the United States of America – every few weeks, it seems -- there follows a debate about controlling guns which perplexes people who do not live in...
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10/30/2012 2:56:48 AM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
The best law firm websites have an entirely new look and feel. Propelling these dramatic changes are the user interfaces and content delivery systems popularized by smartphones and tablets, as well as online usage preferences and habits created by social...
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1/17/2013 9:51:38 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A curious urge for change Reform of legal education in Hong Kong is in the air – again. I say “again” because it seems only the other day that we had a government-funded enquiry into it by two Australian law teachers that made a host...
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1/2/2013 4:00:41 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Virtual rudeness Hard though I try, I am finding it increasingly difficult to avoid turning into a grouchy old man. There are plenty of things that raise the bile: selfish drivers, summer humidity, demanding students. The most testing time however is...
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10/10/2012 4:17:08 AM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Marketers operate in the realm of innovation. If it’s been done before, they believe, it’s rarely worth doing the same way again. Most lawyers, by contrast, operate in the realm of precedent. If it hasn’t been done before, it’s risky....
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11/19/2012 2:23:40 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Red Hot and Frozen Solid What does Hong Kong’s government want of the property market? Judging from the measures that have been introduced, the government seems to be rather confused as to its aims. Two years ago – is it really that long?...
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10/10/2012 4:24:37 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
No shortage of judges For some time now Hong Kong’s press has been banging on about a shortage of judges, focusing upon the number of unfilled posts in the magistrates’ and the district courts. Journalists have declared a crisis in the judiciary....
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9/5/2012 5:02:13 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Not so greedy The possessive and protective attitude of the Heung Yee Kuk’s leaders and its members towards their land rights and the Small House Policy can be easily dismissed as greedy special pleading by sectional self-interest, and often is....
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8/9/2012 2:18:46 AM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
In the old West, there were a lot of cattle milling about. In order to tell one animal from another, each owner had a unique brand. More recently, Mad Men and their successors expanded the concept of brands to the consumer marketplace, to distinguish one...
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8/8/2012 11:47:21 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Village Houses in Reality The last edition of Not Entirely Legal expounded on the background to the Hong Kong Government’s Small House Policy and explained the difference between it and the Small House Custom which preceded it. The policy was motivated...
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6/10/2012 11:19:30 PM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Corporations increasingly subscribe to the principle of corporate social responsibility. CSR is based on the belief that a demonstration of concern for the environment, human rights, community development and the welfare of their employees can make a corporation...
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7/17/2012 5:02:40 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Misconceptions about the Small House Policy The selection of a new Chief Executive and the appointment of a new government of Hong Kong have brought the Small House Policy back into the spotlight. Hardly a day has gone by recently without some article...
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3/4/2012 11:15:52 PM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Each law firm has a unique identifying culture. In order to be successful, individual lawyers need to understand the culture of the law firm (or in-house legal department) they are considering – or where they have already landed.  An entity’s...
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6/25/2012 10:58:25 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
An unpleasant interlude The Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from December 1941 to August 1945 is a bitter episode which until recently both Hong Kong Chinese and Hong Kong British have preferred not to mention. It was a time of horror and humiliation,...
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5/23/2012 10:19:14 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Make your own improvements "The owner is willing to sell for the same price he bought it for” the estate agent explained to taitai. “He isn’t making a profit. Really he’s making a loss”. The owner was in fact a speculator...
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4/19/2012 3:51:47 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Don’t forget the founders The University of Hong Kong is 100 years’ old this year. The public relations people have been hard at it, arranging lectures, meetings, presentations, memorials and so on to celebrate the centenary and raise funds....
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6/9/2011 3:03:47 AM EST
Posted by Lawrence Li
More than 110 years ago the House of Lords in SALOMON V A SALOMON & CO LTD [1897] AC 22 ( SALOMON ) confirmed the doctrine of separate legal entity that a company is distinct from its shareholders and is not the shareholders’ agent. This doctrine...
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3/28/2012 2:39:47 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A true eccentric The death of Miles Jackson–Lipkin in London during February, announced early in March, has removed from the legal scene one of the more colourful characters. Soon after I arrived in Hong Kong, his was one of a number of appointments...
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3/1/2012 10:35:53 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Have you been chugged? Almost every weekday lunchtime and evening in the Central district of Hong Kong at the major street junctions, outside the entrances to the Mass Transit Railway stations and along the elevated walkway that runs from the General...
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2/3/2012 2:46:10 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Small is the route to success Why do students choose law? At interview applicants usually have a prepared speech about wanting to do justice and to protect the vulnerable. I have never come across one who declared that she (most of them have been shes...
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3/2/2011 4:19:42 AM EST
Posted by Franklin Koo
Looking back in 2007 In 2007, following the Ngong Ping 360 testing accident, I had written an article out of concern for the Ngong Ping 360 vendors. I was moved by the predicaments of the vendors after I had visited the site by bus in the aftermath...
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1/17/2012 2:14:31 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
The Cathay, the Palace and the Astor House Shanghai. It never ceases to stimulate. Hong Kong has vigour and pretension. Singapore has order and ambition. Peking has pride and history. Macau has money and entertainment. But Shanghai has some of all of...
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12/19/2011 3:35:51 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Year end bonus Hong Kong completes the year with its citizens each HK$6,000 better off thanks to the Financial Secretary’s decision to reduce the government’s rudely healthy balances. The more patient and astute inhabitants will wait until...
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11/30/2011 4:09:50 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Good, but no guarantee We already have a Land Registration Ordinance, why do we need a replacement? That was my innocent reaction to the announcement, more than 20 years ago now, that a then recently-retired former Land Registrar, Noel Gleeson, had been...
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10/7/2011 4:55:26 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Bearing the consequences of history The controversy over illegal structures on New Territories village houses, which I wrote about in June, refuses to die down. September brought fresh revelations of unauthorised constructions, including an entire house...
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9/11/2011 10:16:51 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Happiness at HKU Thursday, 18th August 2011 was a sultry day towards the end of the university’s summer vacation but it has the makings of a day that will live in infamy in the history of Hong Kong’s oldest institution of higher learning....
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8/23/2011 2:45:41 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Dog day thoughts Every August it is the same. As the dog days linger and I ponder the balance of that leave entitlement which must be used before the end of the month, thoughts turn to where we can go to escape the humidity. As well as cool, it has to...
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7/15/2011 4:36:04 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Victorian Gothic In London last week for a dinner at Gray’s Inn for lawyers educated at Magdalen (pronounced maudlin) College, Oxford, I returned to the Royal Courts of Justice. It was the first time I had been inside the RCJ for 35 years. A massive...

6/12/2011 11:29:26 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Where are the pupils? The village schools of the rural New Territories stand desolate and deserted, testimony to the decline in the number of children in Hong Kong. Around our way in Sheung Shui, the buildings of one have become a godown. The grounds...
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5/23/2011 11:01:31 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Indigenous rights, Hong Kong style The current rumpus about “illegal structures” at houses in the New Territories is exposing the depth of misunderstanding in the community about Hong Kong’s building legislation. This misunderstanding...
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4/27/2011 3:44:22 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Rich little sister According to Richard Hughes, the eccentric expatriate Australian journalist whose book Borrowed Place, Borrowed Time was required reading for those who came to the British colony of Hong Kong in the 1980s, Macau is, along with Singapore,...
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3/1/2011 2:20:22 AM EST
Posted by Sharon Ser
A new law today came into effect in Hong Kong, providing the Hong Kong Courts with the jurisdiction to order financial relief to a former spouse whose marriage has been dissolved outside Hong Kong. The new law, Part IIA of the Matrimonial Proceedings...
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3/30/2011 2:16:46 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
An undeserved reputation The Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination is now into its 16th year, which is hard to credit if it seems to you, as it does to me, only the other day that English-qualified lawyers could land in Hong Kong and start working...
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3/10/2011 4:17:00 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A house divided Mr Raymond Cho must have been delighted in September 2006 to have acquired adjoining flats on the 21st Floor of a block at Chi Fu Fa Yuen, the large housing estate at Pokfulam on Hong Kong Island. He set about knocking them into one large...
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2/16/2011 10:40:22 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Welcome to New Zealand   Sunday morning, we stagger, half-asleep, from the 11-hour flight and into the arrivals hall at Auckland airport. “How are you folks today?” asks a woman from the corner of my eye. What’s she trying to sell,...
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10/25/2010 2:49:05 AM EST
Posted by Sharon Ser
The Court of Final Appeal (the ‘CFA’), the highest Court in Hong Kong, last week heard two test cases, WLK v TMC and DD v LKW , which may revolutionise how assets are divided on divorce. Both cases concern a claim by the wife to be awarded...
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1/30/2011 10:28:55 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Now tell us something we don’t know A financial newsletter which plops gratuitously and regularly into my inbox came out with a special issue last week announcing that Hong Kong property was in a big bubble and those thinking of purchasing had better...
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2/21/2010 10:15:57 PM EST
Posted by Lawrence Li
When Ronald Dworkin commented on H.L.A. Hart’s concept of law that the “principle” of law was omitted, he gave an example that while common law disallows people to be benefited from their wrong, a person can “perfectly legally”...
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1/2/2011 10:45:45 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A different way of doing things In Australia they are understandably proud of their strata titles legislation by which flats in residential high-rise buildings as well as houses on estates with communal facilities can be owned individually freehold whilst...
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11/25/2010 3:58:57 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Happy days again, then the spoilsports arrived Euphoric times this summer and early autumn in Hong Kong property: mass market residential prices came back to mid-1997 levels. Luxury residential prices, buoyed by mainland and overseas money, rescaled that...
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10/31/2010 10:58:58 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
How great was Tom Bingham? “The greatest judge of our time”; “the greatest jurist of his time”; “the greatest judge of the modern era”, “the outstanding judge of his generation”. These and similar plaudits...
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10/15/2010 4:44:30 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Education, education, mediation In modern government, if you want something done, you appoint a committee to make recommendations. Of course you don’t have to call it a committee. In fact it is better if you can think of another title for the body...

10/6/2010 2:04:47 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Forward defensive Our new chief justice seems to have been in good form at the press conference in the second week of September to mark his taking up of the post, batting away journalists’ questions with ease. Cricket-loving Geoffrey Ma played an...
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7/7/2010 10:58:37 PM EST
Posted by Susan Ning
Introduction Hong Kong’s Competition Bill (the Bill) was gazetted on 2 July 2010. 1 Formal public consultations on a cross-sector competition law for Hong Kong commenced in 2006. The Bill will be tabled in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council...

8/12/2010 9:49:08 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Nor any a drop to drink "Can we still go?" is our anxious question of the travel agent. The news from the mainland is of persistent rain and widespread flooding, houses washed away, dozens drowned, the Yangtze river at record levels, the Three...
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8/2/2010 3:11:09 AM EST
Posted by Lawrence Li
Internet forum is supposed to be a place where people exchange their views and somehow escape from reality. However, cyberbullying brings this virtual world into reality that people can be emotionally injured. By “cyberbullying”, it means “a...
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7/13/2010 3:31:03 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
All day education, with lunch and points Arranging the faculty’s annual Law Lectures for Practitioners is now so much more complicated than it was in the 1980s. First there’s the date. We’ve shifted from the Spring to the Autumn so as...
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4/22/2010 10:49:59 PM EST
Posted by Jarleth M Burke
The European Commission is considering allowing governments to compensate national airlines struggling as a result of the widespread closures of European air space following the spread of volcanic ash plumes from Iceland's erupting volcano.  In this...
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6/17/2010 11:39:03 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Ironies of holidays The pause between the end of marking and the beginning of examiners’ meetings is an opportunity for a quick break from the rain and humidity of Hong Kong’s June. Taitai went to the travel agents to book a week on a boat...
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5/17/2010 2:18:11 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Come to the fair They didn’t have law fairs in my student days, and how I wish they had. For the uninitiated I should explain that law fairs are functions at which law firms and other organizations set out their stall (literally) in order to attract...
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3/30/2010 10:46:24 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Return to the dreaming spires In Oxford for the Modern Studies in Property Law conference, the biennial gathering of land law teachers from common law jurisdictions, I find myself transported back to undergraduate days. The city of dreaming spires...
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3/8/2010 1:35:21 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Cases that finally appeal Somewhat foolishly I agreed some time ago to write a paper on the contribution of the Court of Final Appeal to Hong Kong’s land law, thinking there had been on average a couple of such cases a year during the court’s...
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1/28/2010 10:38:51 PM EST
Posted by Milton Cheng
Significant changes to the takeovers and mergers regulation of Hong Kong listed real estate investment trusts (H-REITs) and to the market conduct regulation regime in the context of listed collective investment schemes (CIS) have been proposed by the Hong...
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1/24/2010 10:26:39 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Moot Time January is mooting month for HKU. The second week of the new year is the time at which the law students must master the facts and present a legal argument to a judge, played by a practitioner on an evening at the High Court. It’s all...
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1/11/2010 10:26:23 PM EST
Posted by Nicholas Blank
Companies in Asia are inadvertently leaving themselves exposed to Intellectual Property (IP) theft because they either have a limited understanding of what IP is and what can be done to protect it, or don’t have the resources and expertise to conduct...
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11/22/2009 10:03:05 PM EST
Posted by Chris Berry
Why is the father of modern capitalism Adam Smith so revered in China with its tradition of communism? As a new Chinese translation of one of Adam Smith’s key works, "Theory of Moral Sentiments" is published, a leading expert on the life...
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12/17/2009 2:00:31 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Do law books ever lose weight? Legal textbooks just get bigger and bigger, with prices to match. The other day I staggered back from Bloomsbury with the latest editions of books familiar from my student days: Megarry & Wade’s Law of Real Property;...
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11/24/2009 1:14:43 AM EST
Posted by Yan Lan
We have witnessed tremendous change and progress in China’s legal system over the last three decades. The reforms have taken place in three significant phases according to Chinese legal specialists. The first phase, from 1978 to 1984, involved reforms...
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11/16/2009 10:50:07 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Give us our aircraft back Sixty years ago this month Hong Kong was transfixed and troubled by the tussle over the Chinese aeroplanes. Eighty-odd civil aircraft, mostly fairly new passenger planes of the era such as the Douglas DC-4, belonging to the...
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10/15/2009 10:42:24 PM EST
Posted by Ian De Witt
Introduction The High Court, which comprises the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal, has introduced significant reforms of its civil procedure in the form of new rules that came into effect on April 2 2009. The reforms will have an...
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9/17/2009 2:09:53 AM EST
Posted by Kenneth V Nourse
As Asia-based corporations continue to expand their footprint across the globe, these businesses are increasingly involved in legal disputes staged in foreign jurisdictions where litigants’ legal duties and obligations may differ substantially from...
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10/26/2009 11:09:38 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
The mandate of heaven means you can control the weather This might be called the Peking edition, for we were in Peking during the 60th anniversary celebrations – during, but not for. After spending a smoggy 30th September admiring the Bird’s...
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9/15/2009 4:52:07 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A long distance from Oxford Jurisprudence Practising lawyers are rarely given to reflection about what they do and what law is, so it was pleasing to see a good sprinkling of them amongst the audience in mid-September to listen to Timothy Endicott, Dean...
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9/10/2009 11:27:14 PM EST
Posted by Maurice Hoo
On August 24, 2009, it was reported that the latest draft of the long-awaited Administrative Measures for the Establishment of Partnership Enterprises by Foreign Entities or Individuals in China (the “Draft FIP Regulations”) was approved in principle...
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8/25/2009 11:07:42 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Old chefs never retire, they just move to Sydney In Australia last week for a few days of cool air, to find Sydney as pleasant as ever. We had chosen a hotel within walking distance of Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Central Station. The first to provide...
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7/9/2009 1:39:01 AM EST
Posted by Albert Ho
The following is a translated version of an original Chinese article published in the "Forum" section of Mingpao on 25 June 2009. At the 20th anniversary of the 4 June Massacre, at least about 20 mainland human rights lawyers could not pass...
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8/3/2009 3:26:30 AM EST
Posted by Robert Sawhney
In a recent article published in the South China Morning Post, Huen Wong, the recently appointed President of the Law Society of Hong Kong, suggested that Hong Kong law firms should consider Russia as a potential market for their services. This was on the...
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7/15/2009 4:54:53 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
The rewards of long service June 23rd : in the grandeur of HKU’s Loke Yew Hall, scene of concerts, conferences and examinations, presentations are made to a dozen long-term employees of the university. Among them is my colleague and fellow LexNex...
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4/14/2009 2:30:36 AM EST
Posted by Ian De Witt
* This is a talk presented to the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers Annual Conference 2008 by Ian De Witt . I am going to start with a discussion of the basic principles involved in the tort of negligence and go on to discuss how...
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6/22/2009 11:18:10 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Curious customs make good work The young graduate from London must have been a curious sight to the villagers. He came among them, a gweilo speaking the Chinese of the north, and took a house in the village. There he held open-house, inviting his...
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6/12/2009 3:52:21 AM EST
Posted by Ben Pasco
Most practitioners and clients think that hitting the "delete" key on a computer keyboard is comparable to putting a piece of paper through a shedder. However, with the advent of new technology and the infamy of recent document destruction scandals,...
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5/24/2009 11:19:27 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
The season we must all endure Exam time at HKU: the season that both students and teachers hate though for different reasons. The students dislike the pressure and uncertainty, naturally; the teachers dislike the tedium of marking. That the exams coincide...
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4/27/2009 1:49:58 AM EST
Posted by Debbie Annells
From April 2010, a 50% income tax rate for those with taxable income over £150,000 The Trust rate of tax to increase to 50% from April 2010 Tax relief for pension contributions restricted for those earning over £150,000...
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4/28/2009 2:47:14 AM EST
Posted by Peter Wang
On April 24, 2009, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced conditional approval of the proposed acquisition of Lucite International Group Limited by Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. This is the first MOFCOM decision requiring parties to divest a portion...
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4/30/2009 6:37:40 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
A matchbox that lasted Strange to say but it is 25 years ago this summer that the High Court Building in Queensway opened for business.  Denys Roberts the then Chief Justice and a major mover behind the building’s conception called it an upturned...
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3/31/2009 2:58:22 AM EST
Posted by Andrew Phung
* The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, except where cited, and may or may not represent those of the Community College of the City University of Hong Kong. For correspondence, please email the author at andrewp@cityu.edu.hk...
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4/2/2009 11:28:09 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Decontainerisation is really under way You’ll have read in the newspapers about the closure of container yards as a result of orders for goods for Europe and America drying up and of factories in Guangdong closing down. I can confirm that it is...
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3/25/2009 10:38:05 PM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Lawyers and law firms often maintain a love-hate relationship with reporters. When they have good news to tell about themselves or their clients, they actively seek media attention. When the news is not so good, they try to duck around the corner. Pestering...
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2/11/2009 10:30:14 PM EST
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Posted by J Benjamin Bai
Since its enactment in 1984, China's Patent Law ("the Patent Law") has been amended three times: first in 1992, then in 2000, and most recently in 2008. The first amendment added pharmaceutical compositions to the list of patentable subject matter...
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3/3/2009 10:09:58 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
In retreat The teachers of HKU's Law Faculty retreated to The Bea’s River Country Club last weekend for some self-analysis, not to mention self-criticism, and also for what I understand is called bonding. There are now about 70 teachers in the...
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2/22/2009 10:06:06 PM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Some experienced attorneys are hot commodities right now – those practicing in the areas of litigation, bankruptcy, foreclosures, corporate securities or patent proceedings.   Other attorneys, not so much.   As the economy contracts,...
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2/10/2009 4:33:23 AM EST
Posted by Angel Mak
Introduction The Deed of Mutual Covenant (“the DMC”) entered into by the developer of the land, the manager appointed by the developer and the first party to purchase a unit in the development has a binding effect to all successors in title....
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1/6/2009 1:36:30 AM EST
Posted by Maurice Hoo
Overview 2008 was a year of extremes for China – from the disastrous Sichuan earthquake to the euphoric Olympic Games to the scandalous nationwide recall of dairy products, and from feverishly combating hot money in real estate at the beginning...
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12/9/2008 12:56:29 AM EST
Posted by Janet Ellen Raasch
Clients want to hire lawyers and other professional service providers who are thought leaders within a specific area of expertise. One of the best ways to establish yourself as a thought leader is to make a compelling presentation -- on the right subject...
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1/20/2009 1:18:38 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Mediation is as old as litigation, so why the fashion for it now? The vogue for mediation, or to be more accurate for the promotion of mediation, shows no sign of abating. The Chief Justice is all for mediation. The Secretary for Justice thinks we should...
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11/24/2008 10:20:58 PM EST
Posted by Kirstie Nicholson
Background Under the AML, transactions which both fall within the definition of a "concentration" and which reach the "jurisdictional thresholds" set out in the Implementing Regulations on the Notification of Concentrations of Business...
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1/6/2009 2:24:13 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Even the snakes appreciate a Hong Kong Christmas We stayed in Hong Kong over the Christmas/New Year period (except for 36 hours in Jouhai which hardly counts as going away) and were rewarded with good weather, good food and a good atmosphere. This was...
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11/21/2008 3:46:48 AM EST
Posted by Jorge Godinho
A public consultation document was released on 22 October 2008 by the Macau SAR Government advancing a proposal to give execution to the obligation stated in article 23 of the Macau Basic Law (which has the exact same wording as in Hong Kong) to criminalize...
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12/8/2008 9:53:23 PM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Comparative campuses Spent four days last week in Singapore, not something I’m in the habit of doing. If you live in a crowded, expensive, humid, Asian maritime city with excellent food, the prospect of visiting a crowded, expensive, humid, Asian...
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11/24/2008 12:45:01 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Railing against bureaucracy, a privilege of authorship One of the stranger changes to building management regulations in the 2007 reforms was the introduction of a solemn declaration to be made by all members of management committees that they are eligible...
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10/21/2008 4:50:56 AM EST
Posted by Dr Gordon Hughes
Four leading international organisations recently participated in a review of the 1988 judicial crisis. The four organisations were the Malaysian Bar Council, LAWASIA, the International Bar Association and Transparency International (Malaysia). They established...
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11/4/2008 10:12:21 PM EST
Posted by David A Holley
The current economic crisis has not only caused a precipitous drop in the stock market, but has ignited the call for heads to roll as the root causes are examined. Congress has passed a $700 billion bailout plan which it hopes will provide a mechanism for...
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11/4/2008 1:36:24 AM EST
Posted by Malcolm Merry
Text abandoned: There’s no respite for authors these days During the past few months I’ve been beavering away at the second edition of Paul Kent’s and my Building Management in Hong Kong . The edition’s long overdue. It’s...

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